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Gas Safe Week and what it means

Tue 17 Sep 2019

The ninth annual Gas Safety Week sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Find out about our input into this important safety week.

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Love your local parkrun

Wed 28 Aug 2019

If you've not heard of parkrun, it's an absolutely fantastic way of getting outdoors and getting active! Parkrun organise 5K events across the globe every Saturday at 9:00am, which are run by volunteers and which are completely free. 

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A rise in renters aged 45+

Wed 07 Aug 2019

The fastest growing demographic in the tenant market is the 45 and overs, according to recent statistics highlighted by flat sharing site SpareRoom.

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Is Woodworm a Problem and How to Spot the Signs?

Wed 17 Jul 2019

Woodworm can cause serious damage to your property by eating away at the timber and wooden furniture you may have. Depending on the species of woodworm the lifecycle will last from between two to five years. One of the main issues with woodworm is that they are usually only seen towards the end of their lifecycle when the damage has already been done. Check our information leaflet and catch the blighters before it's too late!

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Top Tips for Putting your Home on the Market

Mon 01 Jul 2019

When you put your property on the market, potential buyers looking around on viewings desperately want to imagine themselves living in your property. By making an effort to show your home at its best, you’ll be helping them to imagine the space working for them. Here are some of our top tips on getting your property market ready, and showing off its best assets!

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RISING DAMP - WHAT IS IT AND HOW TO IDENTIFY IT

Wed 26 Jun 2019

Although rising damp can potentially occur in any building, it is particularly common in older buildings. This is mostly down to a previous damp proofing course that has failed or where the ground level around a building has risen. Rising Damp if left untreated will not just damage wall plaster but could also lead to timber decay in the form of dry or wet rot. Dry rot is arguably the worst possible property problem that can occur so it’s really important any signs of rising damp are not ignored. 

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HOW TO PREVENT CONDENSATION IN THE HOME

Tue 18 Jun 2019

Treating condensation is one of the biggest issues in a rental property. There is always that 'who's at fault' issue and, from experience, it is a 50/50 situation. Older properties are prone to condensation because they have often had double glazing fitted, which was not the design when the building was erected. Landlords need to provide vents, extraction bricks or fans, and tenants need to dry their washing at the launderette or outside! Read on...

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Tenant Fee Ban Is Coming 1st June

Fri 24 May 2019

The Tenant Fee Ban becomes law on 1st June 2019 so these are the costs associated with taking a tenancy via Wills & Smerdon from that day forward.

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Epsom Derby Competition Time

Fri 24 May 2019

The 2019 Epsom Derby will be the 240th annual running of the Derby horse race and will take place at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Saturday 1 June 2019 and in it's honour we are running a little competition for you.

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Hedgehog News

Mon 06 May 2019

Once a really common sight in UK countryside, the lovable critters which have inspired favourite characters such as Beatrix Potter’s Mrs Tiggywinkle, are in serious decline with the hedgehog population thought to have fallen from 30 million to less than 1 million since the 1950s. What can be done to help? Read on...

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Turn Japanese Knotweed into a delicious dessert

Mon 06 May 2019

Japanese knotweed has the potential to cause disastrous consequences to the structural integrity of a property if left untreated. However, this invasive weed is actually edible and can be used to compliment a variety of delicious and nutritious recipes. Have a read...

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Why do basements flood and how to prevent it

Sun 05 May 2019

On average the United Kingdom receives 885mm of rainfall per year. Unfortunately, this level of rainfall also means that many properties across the U.K are at a higher risk of flooding following these periods of rainfall. Therefore, it can save you potentially thousands of pounds to not leave water damage to chance and to know why basements flood and how to prevent it from occurring.

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Woodworm are coming - Be prepared as woodworm season gets underway

Wed 24 Apr 2019

We all love the sunshine, but this warmer weather will also attract insects, such as woodworm, who will slowly start emerging from timber to begin mating and laying eggs in your home. Find out how to find and treat them.

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What is happening to the Section 21 Notice?

Tue 16 Apr 2019

The government has announced its plan to abolish the Section 21 Notice, what does this mean to you?

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How to help bees in your urban garden

Fri 12 Apr 2019

If you don’t have any grass or traditional borders but you do have an outside space, no matter how small, then planting up a few pots with bright flowers not only provides bees with food, it provides you with a treat for your eyes!

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How to save money on your home renovation

Mon 01 Apr 2019

It's incredibly exciting to carry out a property refurbishment, but whether your budget is big or small, the costs can quickly get out of control, so we’ve put together a tick list to help keep you on track and on budget.

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How to spot Japanese Knotweed in Spring 2019

Sun 31 Mar 2019

As Japanese Knotweed is quite an attractive looking plant, it tends to blend into the environment and quite often can go undetected. However, this mishap could have massive ramifications as the invasive plant has the potential to seriously impact the structural integrity of a building.

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How to tell the difference between damp & condensation

Sun 31 Mar 2019

An estimated 5.8 million British tenants have been affected by damp or condensation issues. However, how are you able to tell what damp issue you have and what you need to do to remove it.

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Parking & Pets are just what the tenant ordered

Tue 12 Mar 2019

New research from property portal 'Zoopla' shows that parking sits firmly at the top of requirements for tenants - but pet-friendly facilities are a growing expectation. At Wills & Smerdon we want to support Landlords hoping to profit from this growing trend!

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Navigating the Red Tape of the Private Rental Sector

Wed 06 Feb 2019

The private rental sector has been hit recently with one piece of legislation after another, and now there are over 150 laws which must be adhered to in order not to face prosecution, fines or even jail sentences.  Read about it here:

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The pitfalls of an empty home

Thu 24 Jan 2019

Empty homes are on the increase in the UK and we can offer a number of solutions to anybody wondering what to do with a property that is sitting unoccupied.

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Wills & Smerdon Vacant Property Minding Service

Thu 24 Jan 2019

If you are going away or your property is going to be vacant for a period of time, trust Wills & Smerdon to take care of it for you. Check our Property Minding Service, read on for more details.

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It’s official – Wills & Smerdon is one of the very best Estate Agents in the country

Tue 30 Oct 2018

Wills & Smerdon has been independently identified as one of the top estate agents in the country and now features in the Best Estate Agent Guide.

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